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Waldstille by Martijn Maria Smits


After serving prison for causing the death of his girlfriend, Ben returns home, confronting his parents in law who are taking care of his little daughter.

Ben lives in the village of Waldstille with his girlfriend Tinka and their little daughter Cindy. After a night of partying, Ben causes a car accident which is fatal for Tinka and he is sent to prison. When Ben returns home, Tinka’s parents have become the guardians for Cindy. They are embittered, holding Ben responsible for Tinka’s death. Ben wants to be in his daughter’s life, but he has a hard time accomplishing that. As soon as Ben sees his chance, he runs off with Cindy.

90' / colour

Genre: drama
Original title: WALDSTILLE
Dir: Martijn Maria Smits
Prod: Circe Films
Co-prod: VPRO   
Sc: Martijn Maria Smits   
D.O.P.: Frank van den Eeden
Completed: spring/summer 2016
Language: Dutch
Cast: Thomas Ryckewaert (KENAU), Jelka van Houten (JACKIE, A CHRISTMOOSE STORY), Maartje van de Wetering (SUMMER HEAT), Johan Leysen (THE AMERICAN, GLUCKAUF).

Festivals a.o.:
San Sebastian International Film Festival - New Directors Competition
Shanghai International Film festival

Martijn Maria Smits:
Second feature film.
EMILIA (2014, TV film), THE PROSTITUTE AND THE LITTLE GIRL (2011, TV film), C’EST DÉJÀ L’ÉTÉ (2010, feature), ANVERS (2009, TV film) Awards: FIPA d’Or Grand Prix, Golden Calf Best TV Film Netherlands FF, OTZENRATH: LAST DAY (2006, short).


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